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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Panama City awarded $19 million through Hometown Revitalization Program under review

Photo of Downtown sidewalk

UPDATE (August 4, 2021):

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) have selected the City of Panama City to receive Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for five applications submitted for the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael Hometown Revitalization Program.

The Rebuild Florida Hometown Revitalization Program, administered by DEO, supports the revitalization of downtown areas and commercial districts impacted by Hurricane Michael, facilitating the return and recovery of businesses, jobs and services to the area. The funds are allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) CDBG-DR program.

In this round of funding, the City received a total of about $19 million designated for the below projects.

  • Beck Avenue - Business Facade and Building Improvement Project
    • $1,781,236.76 to assist seven businesses in St. Andrews
  • Glenwood - Business Facade and Building Improvement Project
    • $4,420,697.95 to assist five businesses in Glenwood
  • Harrison Avenue and Downtown - Business Facade and Building Improvement Project
    • $6,102,919.70 to assist 33 businesses in Downtown
  • Heart: Harrison Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project
    • $5,614,228.77 to complete streetscape improvements on Harrison Avenue from 4th Street to 6th Street
  • Millville - Business Facade and Building Improvement Project
    • $1,173,695.80 to assist five businesses in Millville

The funding was a competitive grant process that closed on April 16, 2021. Businesses located in areas designated by the City for revitalization were encouraged to apply. Each of those applicants, based on criteria given by DEO, were vetted and underwent a site visit.

In the coming months, the City will work closely with DEO to develop and execute a grant agreement for the awarded funds. This agreement will enable the City to launch the program.

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UPDATE (June 23, 2021):

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is reviewing the City's application for the Hometown Revitalization Program which includes a request of about $23 million for Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding. About 50 business owners submitted applications for grant funding. The application also includes funding requests to help repair the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and historic St. Andrew School as well as make streetscape improvements to a segment of Harrison Avenue.

Staff with DEO met with the City and businesses owners in Panama City on June 22 and 23 to discuss the City’s application. The visit was a key step in the application process. DEO will continue reviewing the City's request and consider the projects for the grant award.

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The City of Panama City will host three meetings to gather interest from businesses for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) Hometown Revitalization Program.

Business owners may attend the meetings in-person at the listed locations or virtually via Zoom. These meetings will provide an opportunity to learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, project areas and how to participate.

Wednesday, February 17th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

A.D. Harris Learning Village, Cafeteria (819 E. 11 St.)

Zoom Meeting ID: 889 0042 6958

Passcode: 050771

Wednesday, February 24th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

City Hall, Room 010 (501 Harrison Ave.)

Zoom Meeting ID: 890 8134 4400

Passcode 316900

Wednesday, March 3rd, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Panama City Publishing Company Museum (1134 Beck Ave.)

Zoom Meeting ID: 821 4243 4551

Passcode: 883418


FAQs for the Hometown Revitalization Program may be viewed in this link: https://www.pcgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/5603/Hometown-Revitalization-Program-FAQs

Presentation for the above Public Meetings: https://www.pcgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/5604/Public-Meeting-Presentation

If your business is located in one of the six (6) HUD/DEO-eligible target areas, meets the eligibility criteria listed above, and you are interested in participating in the program, please fill out the online interest form located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7VVLQB.

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has allocated $60 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to support the revitalization of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-designated low- to moderate-income (LMI) commercial areas that were impacted by Hurricane Michael. The City of Panama City is pursuing CDBG-DR funds through a competitive application process to fund the Hometown Revitalization Program which will make improvements and repairs to eligible privately-owned commercial structures impacted by Hurricane Michael. The City is currently accepting interest forms to be included in the CDBG-DR application to DEO. To be considered eligible for the Hometown Revitalization Program, your business must meet the below criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered eligible for participation in the Hometown Revitalization Program, business must meet the following criteria outlined by DEO. Businesses must:

  • Be located in Florida;
  • Be located in one of the six HUD/DEO-eligible target areas;
  • Be owned and controlled by persons eligible to work in the U.S.;
  • Have sustained Hurricane Michael damages;
  • Have been owned and established on or before October 10, 2018 (date of Hurricane Michael landfall);
  • Be registered with the State of Florida (certificate of status from the Florida Department of State); and
  • Currently have at least two (2) full-time employees and have employed at least two (2) full-time employees on or before October 10, 2018.

HUD/DEO-Eligible LMI Target Areas

  • Business 98 - Everitt Avenue to Bay Avenue
  • Business 98 - Florida Avenue to 4th Street
  • Highway 77 - Highway 231 to 6th Street
  • Beck Avenue - 10th Street to 15th Street
  • 3rd Street - Everitt Avenue to Maple Avenue
  • Harrison Avenue - Highway 231 to the Marina

CDBG Map

Eligible Improvements and Repairs

  • Roof replacement/repairs
  • Replacement of damaged signs
  • Landscaping improvements
  • Window and door replacement
  • Awning replacement
  • Exterior painting
  • Repair or replacement of gutters
  • Repair of electrical wiring
  • Repair or replacement of exterior lighting
  • Parking lot repairs or restriping

The submission of an application to the State of Florida by the City of Panama City does not guarantee that we will receive these funds. In addition, the submission of an interest form is not binding and does not guarantee that funds will be awarded to your business. If your business is located in one of the six (6) HUD/DEO-eligible target areas, meets the eligibility criteria listed above, and you are interested in participating in the program, please fill out the online interest form located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7VVLQB.

The City will host a Hometown Revitalization Program Kickoff Meeting via Zoom on February 10, 2021 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The Meeting ID is 843 7941 8497 and Passcode is 826686. Attendance at the meeting is optional but strongly encouraged. The City will also be hosting community specific meetings both in-person and virtually to provide interested business owners with additional opportunities to provide input in the application development process. More information regarding the upcoming meetings will be published soon.

If you have any questions, comments, or inquiries, please email them to hometown@pcgov.org. The City welcomes and appreciates the input and feedback of local business owners as we develop applications for this critical recovery funding opportunity.

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